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Chief Financial Officer

Position Title
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

About Wonderstate Coffee
Since 2005, Wonderstate Coffee has worked to forge lasting, equitable partnerships with small-scale farmers. We work directly with growers and coffee cooperatives to ensure high standards for quality, sustainability and farmer compensation. Based in southwest Wisconsin’s beautiful Driftless region, Wonderstate Coffee seeks new team members who share in our mission and values and are eager to join in our growing, entrepreneurial-spirited, family-friendly work environment.

Position Overview

The Chief Financial Officer’s key responsibility is the financial well-being of the organization and manages the financial operations of the company. This position partners with the President and General Managers to contribute to Wonderstate’s strategy and investment decisions.   

The CFO is a key voice in developing and executing near and long-term financial and business strategies, and serves on the Wonderstate Leadership Team. Additionally, the CFO will collaborate with other teams across the businesses to develop systems, provide financial guidance and insight, and ensure fiscal responsibility and sound decision making.

Core Responsibilities

  • Drive, measure, and analyze financial performance, identifying the need for corrective actions and areas for improvement.
  • Plan, implement, manage and control all financial related activities of the company.
  • Develop financial strategies by contributing information, analysis, and recommendations to strategic thinking and direction
  • Prepare reports to summarize and forecast company business activity and financial position in areas of income, expenses, and earnings based on past, present, and expected operations.
  • Administer policies on accounting, insurance, systems, controls and auditing.
  • Lead the assessment of financial performance as it relates to both the budget and long-term strategy.
  • Appraise the organization’s financial position and issue periodic financial and operating reports. Evaluate functional areas for process improvement.
  • Analyze the interdependence of all Wonderstate business units (Roastery, Cafes and Real Estate Holdings) and provide strategic input on legal structure, shared services and operations.
  • Oversee the monthly closing processes to achieve timely and accurate information.
  • Provide strategic financial input and leadership on decision-making issues affecting the organization
  • Maintain productive banking, leasing and vendor relationships and serve as primary liaison with related third parties.
  • Evaluate and oversee risk management and insurance issues.
  • Evaluate business structure in relation to regulatory and HR requirements.
  • Manage and lead the Finance, HR and IT teams using servant leadership as a foundation.

Supervisory Responsibilities—this position directly manages the Finance team, HR team, IT team and serves on the Wonderstate Leadership team.

Required Experience
  • 7-9+ years of progressive finance experience; coffee and/or food and beverage industry experience preferred[LB1] 
  • Demonstrates solid leadership and process improvement skills.
  • Strong strategic thinker and experienced in developing business and financial plans for short- and long-term results
  • Knowledge of GAAP and cost accounting, financial statements, treasury and cash management, budgeting and forecasting, tax planning, auditing, and internal controls.
  • The ability to conduct research on complex issues (accounting, payroll, tax, corporate structure, regulatory) and provide recommendations
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written and the ability to work effectively with all levels of an organization.
  • Advanced computer skills
  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance required. MBA preferred.
  • Passion for ethically sourced, organic, specialty coffee and food, and for supporting farmer cooperatives
Work Environment
  • Position is located in Viroqua, WI or remote within driving distance if approved

  • Core hours are Monday-Friday; Occasional weekend availability required; Work schedule varies each week based on business needs

Other duties and skills
    • Duties, responsibilities and activities may change, or new ones may be assigned at any time.
    • Exemplify the core values of Wonderstate Coffee.
    • Honor relationships within the organization, gives and receives feedback respectfully, expresses gratitude to others, and actively creates to a positive team environment.
    Compensation & Benefits
    • Full-time, exempt position
    • Healthcare 
    • Paid vacation + company holidays
    • Retirement plan
    • Profit Sharing
    • One 12 oz bag of coffee every week
      Please email cover letter and resume to jobs@wonderstate.com with
      “CFO” in the subject line.

      Wonderstate is an equal opportunity employer.  We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.